David S. Cargo, who assembles info about community ovens for theÂ St. Paul Bread ClubÂ sent me a link about Lily Gordon, a remarkable young woman, now 16, who has been helping villagers in Tanzania to build ovens so they can make their own bread (previously, bread had to be transported from so far that it would often be inedible when it arrived).
At the age of 11, Lily Gordon started raising funds for the village of Shirati, Tanzania. For her 11th birthday, instead of gifts, she asked her friends to bring money for the children of Shirati. The party raised $1,300. Behind Lily are many others, particularly a woman named Christine Nyanda Chacha, a Tanzanian woman who decided that lack of parents and money didnâ€™t need to prevent her from going to school, getting a degree, moving to America, and becoming a teacher in Berkeley â€” where she sought ways to help her students think past the bounds of affluence and entitlement (for more of this story, clickÂ here). Lily is just one of many students who have had this experience, thanks to Ms. Nyanda Chacha. Watch the video to hear Lily tell the story: